Prison life and going to prison
If you’re convicted of a crime and sentenced to a jail term, or if you’re awaiting trial or sentencing without bail you’ll go to prison.
Sentencing, prison, parole and release — the process
If you’re found guilty of a crime, you can be sentenced to time in prison. If you’ve already served time in custody before your trial this is counted towards the time you need to be in prison.
What happens during your first few days in prison.
You’ll be released from prison either on parole or when your sentence ends. You must be considered for parole, even if your sentence is for life imprisonment or preventive detention.
What you'll need to do if you're released from prison on conditions.
You might serve a community-based sentence if:
- you've been given one by a judge instead of a prison sentence
- you've been released from prison on parole, or
- you've been released from prison with special conditions.
There are 16 male prisons and 3 female prisons in NZ. Mt Eden prison is managed privately. The other prisons are managed by the Department of Corrections.
Well-designed and delivered programmes can help to reduce reoffending.
Minimum-security prisoners may be able to do paid work in the community.